Monday, February 23, 2015

DIY Lace and Crochet Flower Wreath

I have been anticipating sharing my lace and crochet flower wreath with you for a few weeks now! As I crocheted my simple flowers and dainty flowers, I formulated my vision for this wreath. I'm happy to report that it turned out even cuter than I had hoped!




Materials:
First, wrap the muslim strips around the wire wreath. Don't stress too much about how perfect it is because you're just going to cover it up!



Next arrange your various flowers around your covered wreath. Play around with this- you want it to look well balanced and pretty! Once you have all the flowers arranged in a way that you like, start hot gluing them into place. 


Originally, I had intended to put this wreath on the outside of my front door. And then I realized how much work I had put into it and I can't bear to expose it to the elements! So I'm going to put it on my pantry door instead. It will pretty up my kitchen nicely, I think!

Spring decor really does make me so happy inside:)

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Friday, February 20, 2015

4 Ways Crafting Helps Me be a Better Wife and Mother

Every once in a while, someone will ask me how I find time to craft. I kind of laugh when they do, because the truth is that I have no choice but to take the time to. Crafting is a necessary part of my survival! Not only that, I've found that crafting actually helps me be a better wife and mother, and I'd like to share 4 of the ways that is does!
  1. Relieves stress and worries. This is particularly true of crocheting and knitting for me. Something about sitting down with my hooks and a project calms my mind and body! Stress and irritability seem to go hand in hand for me, and an irritable wife and mommy isn't usually very patient or loving!
  2. Helps me feel appreciated. Whenever I see my husband and little ones wearing or using something I made, it gives me such a sense of accomplishment. The best part is when I know they love it! My husband wears his knit hat almost daily and my son would be desolate without the blanket I sewed him. Knowing that my family loves the things I create makes me feel appreciated, which automatically causes me to want to continue to care for them to the best of my abilities. 
  3. Creates bonding and teaching oppurtunities. My son loves to sit on my lap while I'm sewing or hot gluing or yarn crafting. He loves to push the needle into my fabric or pull yarn from the skein for me while asking me an endless stream of questions about what I'm making. My baby girl loves to chew on my crochet hooks and slobber on my leftover ribbon. Not only do I get to work on something I love, my little ones can feel important when they participate in helping me create! These moments that I get to bond with and teach my children while I'm crafting remind me of how much I love them and want to be a good mother.
  4. Rejuvinating me-time. For some, going and getting a mani-pedi is what they need for some quality rejuvination. For me, I just need a craft and some time to work on it! I've found that when I don't prioritize a little bit of me-time, I become overwhelmed and don't have the energy to take care of my family the way I want to. Realizing that I can't skip me-time has made a big difference in my happiness, productivity and kindness as a stay at home wife and mom!
Overall, I feel that crafting improves my quality of life. It's so true when they say that the mom sets the tone in the home, so having things in my life that I enjoy unquestionably helps me to make sure that tone is a positive one. 

What kinds of things help you be a better wife and mother?

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Simple Crochet Flower Free Pattern

Last week I shared my Dainty Crochet Flowers, and this week I have another little flower crochet pattern for you! Because honestly, can one crochet too many little flowers?? 



Materials:
  • Size 8 crochet hook
  • Crochet Cotton (For these flowers I used size 10)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Coordinating thread
Notes:
  • To make these flowers larger, add chains in multiples of 3 to the foundation chain row.
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
Pattern:
Chain 66
Row 1: Dc in 9th chain from hook, *chain 2, skip 2, dc next* repeat from * to * across, turn
Row 2: Chain 5 (counts as dc and ch 2), skip 2, dc in next, *chain 2, skip 2, dc next* repeat from * to * across, turn
Row 3: *In next ch2 space, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, sc in next dc* repeat from * to * across, turn
Row 4: *Slip stitch into next ch 1 space, (ch 3, slip stitch in ch 1 space) 2 times, slip stitch into next SC, repeat from * to * across. Finish off.

Your flower should look something like this at this point:



Arrange this petal spiral into a flower, secure with thread and sew in any loose ends. 

Next week I'm going to share with you the project I'm making with these and my dainty flowers...It's so pretty and I can't wait to blog about it!! (UPDATE: You can see the spring wreath I made with these flowers here.)

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Friday, February 13, 2015

My Crochet Celtic Afgan

A while back I decided that I really needed to learn how to cable crochet! Of course, I wanted my first cable crochet project to be something I loved, so I spent an excessive amount of time on Pinterest trying to find the perfect pattern. I ultimately chose this Celtic Afgan pattern and used Vanna's Choice in seaspray.

The cables confused and intimidated me at first, but after a few rows of this pattern I had them mastered! Turns out they really aren't as hard as they look!




I have this afgan on display in my living room, and receive so many compliments on it. It was a lot of work and I love how it turned out!
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Dainty Crochet Flower Free Pattern

I'm so excited for spring! It really is my favorite season. I love going shopping this time of year because everything from the home decor to the Easter baskets to the apparel is so pretty and springy! My anticipation for springtime has inspired the free crochet flower pattern I'm about to share with you!

Materials:
  • Size 8 crochet hook
  • Crochet Cotton (For these flowers I used #10)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Small pearl buttons
Notes:
  • To make these flowers larger, add chains in multiples of 3 to the foundation chain row.
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
Pattern:
Chain 66
Row 1: Dc in 9th chain from hook (this counts as base ch3, dc, and ch2), *chain 2, skip 2, dc next* repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Row 2: *Dc 5 in next chain space, sc in next dc* repeat from * to * across. Turn
Row 3: Skip next 2 dc, *5 dc in next stitch, sl st in next sc, sk next 2 dc* repeat from * to * across. Sl st in last dc. Finish off.

Your flower should look something like this at this point:


Arrange this petal spiral into a flower and secure with thread. Attatch the pearl button to the center, sew in any loose ends and admire your handiwork :)


I love little embellishments like these because of their endless possible uses! I have a simply gorgeous project in the works for these little flowers...but I'm not going to tell you what that project is today;) (UPDATE: You can see the spring wreath I made with these flowers here.)

What would you use these little flowers for??

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Scrubby Dishcloth Pattern

Do you believe in love at first sight?? I do, because I fell head over heels when I first laid eyes on the Mary Maxim Scrub It yarn sitting in it's clear packaging just waiting for me to create amazing kitcheny things with it! After crocheting a few items from this pattern book, I decided it was time to try knitting a scrubby dishcloth with this yarn!


Materials:
  • Size 6 knitting needles
  • Mary Maxim Scrub It yarn (Or Lily Sugar n Cream yarn to make a regular dishcloth!)
Notes:
  • Finished size is approximately an 8" square
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • The Scrub-It yarn is 100% cotton with a fringe. It looks like this:


Pattern:

CO 30
Rows 1-3: K across
Row 4: K3, p24, k3
Row 5: K across
Row 6: K3, p2, k4, p4, k4, p4, k4, p2, k3
Row 7: K5, p4, k4, p4, k4, p4, k5
Row 8: Repeat row 6
Row 9: K9, p4, k4, p4, k9
Row 10: K3, p6, k4, p4, k4, p6, k3
Row 11: Repeat row 9
Rows 12-41: Repeat rows 6-11
Rows 42-44: Repeat rows 6-8
Row 45: K across
Rows46-49: K3, p24, k3


I really love the texture this yarn and pattern produce!! It really is a handy scrubby washcloth for wiping up hard to clean sticky and hardened and gross messes. (As a mom of a toddler, those kind of messes occur almost daily haha!) So far I'm a fan of this yarn, and I am dying to knit and crochet even more things with it! Wouldn't these make the cutest little gifts?


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